10/05/2018

HMRC Warns People To Be Vigilant Over Tax Refunds

HMRC has issued a warning for people to be vigilant after fraudsters were found to be sending scam emails and text messages to scam people out of their savings.

The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year.
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Mel Stride, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: "HMRC only informs you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer. All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages, and forward them to HMRC's phishing email address and phone number.

"We know that criminals will try and use events like the end of the financial year, the self-assessment deadline, and the issuing of tax refunds to target the public and attempt to get them to reveal their personal data. It is important to be alert to the danger."

(CD/LM)

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